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May 22, 2013 11:40 AM

fossil egg?



I think I found something which looks like an egg. Its hard like stone, and quite small. Its white, found on the sea shore after the storm, 2 days ago.

Thanks guys for help. My camera is really bad so the pictures are not perfect, but if you think

that this might be egg, I will try to do some more, closer and better images.

(please help)


egg 004.JPGegg 005.JPGegg 012.JPGegg 013.JPG

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      May 22, 2013 12:26 PM (in response to 1bear)
      Re: fossil egg?

      Well, from what we can see in your photos, it certainly looks to have suitable symmetry and shape for an (fossil) egg.


      A fossil egg can be a fossil egg or it can be a cast. If the latter, there would be no shell to look for. There appears to be no shell in your specimen, hence if it is a fossil egg, it would likely be a cast.


      But those cracks worry me. They are open (not mineral filled; veins), and they have delicate structure preserved at some of the edges - hence they are probably recent. They might have been caused by the storm smashing rocks about; they don't look like percussive damage, but that remains my best guess.


      The slight indentation near one end is, I think, irrelevant; the internal structure it shows is of no consequence.


      If there is a history of fossil eggs in the area, that would be worth pursuing.

      In the absence of that knowledge, on balance, I think it is just a cobble or pebble (you don't tell us its size).


      Don't be disheartened; keep looking.



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    Oct 14, 2015 11:43 PM (in response to 1bear)
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    I stumbled on this forum, now 2.5 years later, because I had a surprisingly similar find, measuring 3.8 cm wide, cm 5.5 long. I found it on a German flea market (...) between a dozen other fossils of various origin (that were certainly no fakes) which can all be found in Germany and/or in the UK, which probably belonged to a deceased person.













    Mine looks so similar to the first one that I for a short moment thought it was the same specimen. With two specimens we are getting somewhere!


    My thoughts:


    Is it a cast/fossil?

    + it is perfectly symmetrical

    + both eggs are the same size and shape, with a similar matter

    + both eggs have a plane cut face in the size that an air chamber would have

    - material looks like gypsum plaster (little bubbles)

    - surface is rough


    Is it an egg shaped geological rarity?

    + surface is rough, not pressed at an eggshell

    - egg shape very unmistakable

    - similarity with the other specimen too good for a 'coincidental stone'


    Is it a human-made object / is it a commercial fake?

    + of all eggsizes, it is the most familiar chicken egg size

    + of all colors, it has the familiar white-brown look

    + there is more than one

    + material looks like gypsum plaster (little bubbles)

    + a century ago plaster eggs were sold with real eggs to collectors

    - it is more squished towards the end than a chicken egg or even a goose egg

    - for mass selling to tourists it should be more perfect and not dirty

    - it would also not have the 'plane cut'


    It would be great if anyone could comment to this! Thanks!


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      Oct 14, 2015 11:53 PM (in response to Jeroen E)
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      A short comment; now I see the images in direct comparison; I start to doubt it is the same material...

      However, in any case, similarities are remarkable:

      - both what seems to be a missing part caused by an air chamber naturally in eggs

      - both have a type of cracks that may origin when the material expands during solidification

      - they have the same shape

      Bear1's specimen seems to be smaller and to lack the air bubbles that mine has.

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        Oct 15, 2015 7:31 AM (in response to Jeroen E)
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        Welcome to NaturePlus.


        I think they are plaster of paris fake eggs, as used by hen farmers to put in nests to encourage laying.

        Such fake eggs have been made over the years in a range of accuracy regarding size, shape, colour, surface texture and weight. Apparently, hens are not that discerning because golf balls seem to work quite well!



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    Oct 15, 2015 2:52 PM (in response to 1bear)
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    Dear Mike,


    Thank you for your reply. I tested your hypothesis.

    At first I was unable to scratch the surface with my nails, and it didn't solve when I put it for 30 minutes in hot water. But when I found out that I could scratch it with a knife, I tried harder with my nails, and managed to make a scratch. So definitely gypsum, right? Solved.



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      Oct 15, 2015 9:08 PM (in response to Jeroen E)
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      Well, you did a lot of the ground work yourself; good thinking.

      The hardness, relative to your finger nail (2-2.5), is indeed a good pointer, and it adds weight to our preferred ID. But personally, I would still treat it as a hypothesis.


      Not concerning these specimens in particular...

      Something else to look for when trying to decide if an object is man-made or natural...

      A 'seam': a line going round the middle, due to the thing being made in two half-moulds.

      There's a good example at the end of this page




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